To Serve, Not to Be Served
Q. What is the ministry of the laity?
A. The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.
Q. What is the duty of all Christians?
A. The duty of all Christians is to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God
(From the catechism, Book of Common Prayer)
What is Shared Ministry?
Shared ministry is laity and clergy working together in the ministry of the baptized. All baptized Christians are ministers in the church. One avenue for engaging in shared ministry is for lay people to engage in lifelong learning and discernment about their ministries. When lay people are trained in canonical and other church ministries, they are equipped to share in Christ’s mission while sharing God’s love.
The Stevenson School for Ministry offers a variety of spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral education opportunities for laity. For example,
- Lay people can participate in most of our 10-week online learning courses. Click here to learn more about these courses and click here to see what’s being offered this semester. Looking for a new spin on your parish’s Bible Study or Book Club? Consider taking a course as a group! Discounted rates are available for group registrations.
- THRIVE day training events. THRIVE stands for Theological Hope to Renew and In-Vigorate Episcopalians, and workshop participants are able to learn and develop leadership skills for their ministries, refresh their knowledge of ministries with new trainings, become certified in lay canonicals, and network with others throughout the diocese with similar interests. These workshops can be taken by individual volunteers, parish staff, vestries, committees, and more.
- Training in lay canonicals, including certification in Morning Prayer leadership, Lay Eucharistic Visitation, lay worship leadership, lay preaching, and more are offered at THRIVE events.
Looking for more information about education for all people in the church? Visit some other ministry areas of our website:
- Fall 2016 Stevenson School for Ministry Course Catalog
- Education for Ministry
- Children’s Ministries & Resources
- Youth Ministries
- Young Adult Ministries
- Eliminating Racism